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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sometimes life gets in the way!


It's been quite the busy time. Between some personal issues and life, crafting had to take a back seat! But, I was able to do up some items and wanted to share them!

I made this piece of subway art for my daughter's school. They were having an auction and each class was to put together a themed basket to contribute. Her class' theme was... cooking!


I saw the art for this on a stencil site. Instead of stenciling, I did up the design in photoshop and used the "transfer" method on the top of the step stool that I painted! This was a gift for my cousin's little girl.

That's all the pics I have to share for now. As always, any and all comments are appreciated!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Busy Little Crafter

I've been busy crafting and thought I would make a quick post and share them!

All items pictured below have been made for friends as gifts and no money has been made from any copyrighted images.







Monday, June 25, 2012

When two tutorials become one!

Happy Monday everyone! I had quite the crafty weekend. Unfortunately, I only have one craft to share with you since the other ones are still in mid-process.

Honestly, what began my recent craft craze was a tutorial I stumbled upon via Pinterest. The tutorial is by Sarah and it's for Baby Stats Subway Art. It's so simple yet so awesome! I did try my hand at it, but definitely learned my lesson when it comes to ink jet printers and Mod Podge (they don't get along).

Fast forward to present time (about a month after finding the above tutorial) and I come across a tutorial by Delia about how to create Distressed Picture Canvases.

Why not combine the two?

I've made this stat canvas for my cousin's baby.

I got the "scrapbook paper on the side" idea from girl. Inspired.'s Instant Gratification (canvas photo DIY) tutorial.










Honestly, it was so easy! The most aggravating part of the whole thing was having to go to Office Depot in order to get the laser print of the stats. And to tell you the truth, it wasn't a huge aggravation. I just made sure I had several things I needed laser printed so that the trip wasn't just for one thing.

Here's to hoping my cousin and his girlfriend like it!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Halloween Coasters/Plaques

So, I've recently discovered that I love making coasters with tiles. Like, LOVE it! I've only begun scratching the surface with this craft, but I don't think I've done too shabby so far. Care to take a look?


Yes, I know it's June and not October. No, I don't care! :)

For the above set I used Bo Bunny Whoo-Ligans-Rub-Ons, Mod Podge matte finish, Krylon satin finish and Natural Choice Tumbled Travertine Tile 4" x 4"

I really liked the Bo Bunny rub-ons. They were fairly easy to work with (nothing like the Pink Paislee press ons that I had originally tried to work with - they ended up in the trash after they refused to transfer, despite being endlessly rubbed). I added several coats of Mod Podge and then finished it off with the satin spray. I like the satin spray because it seems to give the surface a "grip" (meaning that cups won't slide around as easily). All I need to do now is purchase purple or/and orange felt and Mod Podge squares to the bottom of each tile (I cover nearly the entire bottom of the tile with felt instead of using the small felt circles - I feel like it's more secure that way).

Want this set for yourself? Contact me at my email addy and I will get back with you as soon as possible.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Introduction

Hi there! Since this is my first post, I suppose I should introduce myself before jumping into the whole craft thing.

My name is Melissa and I love doing crafts and computer graphics. Being creative in some way seems to have always been in my blood. My grandmother china painted, my mother creates with polymer clay and my uncle is an amazing traditional artist/musician. Most of the work that I've done has been on the computer in Photoshop. Creating graphics has allowed me to express myself but, more importantly, it has led me to meeting some of the best people out there. I would have never had the chance at meeting them had it not been for my love of making graphics. Unfortunately, the creative muse likes to be fickle and there have been times when I've felt creative but didn't have it in me to do graphics. Sure, I'd try, but whatever I came up with looked awful to me. That's when I decided to head to the craft store and search for an additional creative outlet.

Unfortunately, I came up with more than I could ever complete! I like working with wood, tile, scrapbook items, acrylic paint, polymer clay... you see where this is going? Too much! I read such wonderful tutorials online and if it interests me, I have the need to create it.

In any event, I thought I would share the work that I've done. I really hope that you all enjoy what I share. I know I loved the work that went into it!

For now, I won't be sharing any graphic work on this blog. If you're interested in seeing that, please visit www.wf4e.com.